March 13th is an anniversary of sorts. Y’see, it’s been a year today since we created the portion of 2Dolphins that you’re reading right now — our blog — which was an extension of our original Dede’s Diary page. (What a nostalgic blast from the past, eh?)
Lately it’s dawned on Dede & me that some people don’t really get what we’re talking about when we refer to our "blog." What is a blog and where’d that funky word come from anyway?
Well, according to the Wikipedia definition, a blog, short for “weblog,” is a website which contains periodic, usually reverse chronologically-ordered posts on a common webpage. In other words, a blog is a like a journal. The content & purposes of blogs varies greatly—from links & commentary about other web sites; to news about a company, person, or idea; to diaries; photos; poetry; mini-essays; personal statement help; project updates; or whatever!
Blogging has, in some cases, recently evolved into a legitimate & quite powerful form of citizen journalism with a considerable degree of influence. This seems especially true with political commentary blogs like Matt Drudge’s The Drudge Retort or Joshua Micah Marshall’s Talking Points Memo. These more serious-minded bloggers challenge the traditional institution of journalism with their finger-on-the-pulse insights & lightning-quick postings and, as a result of this, there’s been lots of debate raging on Who Is a Journalist?
Anyway, we certainly don’t claim to be journalists, but we’re thankful for the opportunity to share these little tidbits. We hope that you find some of our blog postings and other content here interesting or entertaining and we’d certainly appreciate feedback. Take a moment and leave a comment, why doncha?